The primary objective of the project is to develop policy relevant documents to improve UNDP’s policy advisory services on employment.
Within the overall vision and the work of the Poverty Practice, the consultants will be engaged in policy research and write background papers, around the themes identified below:
(a) Possible employment related goals as a contribution to the discussion on post-2015 development agenda;
(b) Policies to improve youth employment opportunities and quality of existing jobs;
(c) Incentives and empowerment mechanisms to increase women’s participation in the labour market and policies to address specific barriers faced by women in accessing paid jobs;
(d) how the perceived, and sometimes substantiated, low labour-intensity features of resource-based economies (oil, gas, mineral producers) can be tackled;
(e) how sectoral policies, mainly agricultural, industrial and service sector policies can be crafted to create jobs and absorb new entrants in the labour market;
(f) New thinking on the transmission mechanisms from jobs to poverty and inequality reduction; and
(g) Current globalization trends and their impacts on generation of employment.
Depending on the themes selected and expertise of consultants, the policy research will focus on both a mix of cross country analyses and individual country case studies. The policy research will result in a background paper (about 30 pages) on each agreed theme, excluding annexes, drafted in English, in accordance with the priorities elaborated in the background section of this ToR.
The project will be conducted over 60 days between 15 August and 31 October 2012.
First payment (50%) will be made on satisfactory submission of the first draft of a background paper. Second payment will be made on satisfactory submission of the final draft of a background paper after incorporation of comments from the reviewers.
The consultants will report to the Economic Governance Advisor in the Poverty Group/Bureau for Development Policy (PG/BDP) and liaise with policy specialists in the Employment Team, PG/BDP for any queries and assistance on a day-to-day basis. The consultants are expected to incorporate comments and suggestions from Regional Bureaux, Regional Centers, ILO or other partner agencies and from other reviewers.